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First impressions of Amazon’s Kindle 2

I have bought the international version of the Kindle 2 last week. So these are my impressions:
– The E Ink display is as expected, as in all current eBook Readers. It has the size of the small paperback book, so nothing for large format publishing products.
– The design of the device itself is great, it is effortless to use because it is slim and the main buttons are on the correct position
– The Amazon Whispernet works as expected, the store is easy to use and the books are delivered in under 60 seconds
– Highlighting and annotations work nicely, the dictionary popup available for every word is very interesting for non-native speakers
– Text-to-Speech actually is a interesting gimmick. It actually sounds not bad, although I am not sure how often I will use it.
– Playing MP3 also works, but this is certainly not the right device for this.
– Converted unprotected ePub books actually work great on the Kindle, PDF converting is only usable for PDFs without graphics. Both formats are not supported directly.
– It is disappointing that RSS feeds are not available currently for the international version; I hope that Amazon will make a better deal with the European carriers in the near future.
– What is really not understandable is that Amazon is not able to provide a lot of books NOT internationally because of greedy publishing companies. Ok, if more would be available I would buy more and maybe never read them … maybe that is not so bad at all 😉 But I hope now with more eBook readers available the pressure will increase (and no, the PEN club is on the wrong side)
– Most books in Kindle format or ePub are DRM protected. I hope that the publishing industry thinks twice about how the music industry has lost the senseless battle of useless copy protections.
So after buying some books, trying out some converting tools, I am starting to use the Kindle. So far I think it will be valuable for me because for now on I have not to carry around a lot of books. But it will certainly not replace all of my monthly bought books …

I have bought the international version of the Kindle 2 last week. So these are my impressions:

  • The E Ink display is as expected, as in all current eBook Readers. It has the size of the small paperback book, so nothing for large format publishing products.
  • The design of the device itself is great, it is effortless to use because it is slim and the main buttons are on the correct position
  • The Amazon Whispernet works as expected, the store is easy to use and the books are delivered in under 60 seconds
  • Highlighting and annotations work nicely, the dictionary popup available for every word is very interesting for non-native speakers
  • Text-to-Speech actually is a interesting gimmick. It actually sounds not bad, although I am not sure how often I will use it
  • Playing MP3 also works, but this is certainly not the right device for this
  • Converted unprotected ePub books actually work great on the Kindle, PDF converting is only usable for PDFs without graphics. Both formats are not supported directly>
  • It is disappointing that RSS feeds are not available currently for the international version; I hope that Amazon will make a better deal with the European carriers in the near future.
  • What is really not understandable is that Amazon is not able to provide a lot of books NOT internationally because of greedy publishing companies. Ok, if more would be available I would buy more and maybe never read them … maybe that is not so bad at all 😉 But I hope now with more eBook readers available the pressure will increase
  • Most books in Kindle format or ePub are DRM protected. I hope that the publishing industry thinks twice about how the music industry has lost the senseless battle of useless copy protections

So after buying some books, trying out some converting tools, I am starting to use the Kindle. So far I think it will be valuable for me because for now on I have not to carry around a lot of books. But it will certainly not replace all of my monthly bought books …